Teachers now FireSafe
KwaZulu-Natal Working on Fire, the Department of Education, WESSA and the Department of Rural Development hosted a Fire Awareness Workshop for over 40 Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers. The workshop was held at Vryheid Comprehensive School on 20 September.
KZN Fire Awareness Training Officer, Khulani Zulu, says the objective of the workshop was to create fire safe communities and schools and maintain a safe environment for learners and teachers.
“We taught the teachers to understand fires, fire safety at school and safety in the home. This will help them minimise fire risks at home and at school,” says Zulu.
According to Hlengiwe Princess Jiyane, the Department of Education’s Cluster Coordinator for Multi-Grade Teaching in rural areas, the idea for the workshop was sparked when she saw the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was coming up in October.
“About 90% of the people in rural areas use fire as a source of energy to cook because they can’t afford electricity, thus making those areas a fire risk. I decided to invite Working on Fire to educate our teachers about fires and what to do in the event of a fire.
“When we made the call to WOF they were keen to help. They arrived neatly dressed and on time. The facilitators knew their story when it came to fires. We were all impressed and hope to roll out these workshops with the help of WOF in other schools in my district,” she says.
Jiyane adds that she is now taking all precautions to prevent fires and has decided to install a fire alarm at her own home.